Friday, December 13, 2013

End of Semester 1

We (my students and I) finally made it to the end of semester today at the end of 14 weeks of classes. It has felt like a very long semester since it started on 9th September last. While work for the semester is still not complete (there are still plenty of assignments to grade), it is a relief to have another semester done (this is my 23rd since I started in NCI back in October 2002).

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This semester I delivered four modules: 

 - Business Analysis and Problem-Solving Techniques
 - IT Project Management
 - Business Data Analysis (Statistics)
 - Business Systems Analysis

While the BAPST module was new and involved a lot of work preparing notes and exercises, I had taught the others many times before. For the first time I used weekly assessments in more than one class. This works wonders for attendance and in the main I was delighted with the students' attitude to the assessments in turning up week-after-week. Students are very positive towards weekly assessments and favour them over larger assignments likes essays or projects. Thanks to all for the effort involved.

So - another semester is over, a new one begins next January!